HOPING THIS LEADS TO MORE WOMEN SPEAKING OUT, NOT JUST YOUNG WOMEN:
At this moment, women “are feeling emboldened and encouraged to speak out about their experiences, at great risk,” Amy King, who sits on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, an organization that fosters “further transparency around gender equality issues in contemporary literary culture,” told the Daily Dot in an email...
The idea of fetishizing girls is not new. Female writers have long been pushed to embody and enact such ideas, whether through coercion or outright abuse, which comes as no surprise nor is this push limited to the Alt-Lit community. Coercion within any writerly community gains traction when men in positions of perceived power: editors, publishers or writers of some note insist on positioning female writers on the spectrum of objectification to infantilization for a variety of so-called rewards—tokenizing through publication enters and gives way to harsher cases of dogged physical insistence that includes assault..."